Kuana Torres Kahele

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Kuana Torres Kahele
Born (1978-09-07) September 7, 1978 (age 40)
Hilo, Hawaii
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • dancer
  • educator
Years active1995-present
Associated actsNā Palapalai

Kuana Torres Kahele (born September 7, 1978)[1][self-published source] is a Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and educator from Hilo, Hawaii. Known primarily for his original acoustic compositions, Kahele arranges traditional Hawaiian music as well, performing and recording with instruments such as ukulele, guitar, ipu, and bass. The majority of his lyrics are written and performed in the Hawaiian language.[2] After learning kane dancing and mele writing in his teens, in 1995 Kahele co-founded Nā Palapalai, a Hawaiian music group that has released seven albums.[3] Several have charted in the top five on the Billboard Top World Albums chart,[4] and the group has won a large number of Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Group of the Year.

Kahele released his first solo album,[5] Kaunaloa, in 2012, which reached No. 2 on the Top World Albums Chart[6] and won Kahele five Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year.[7] He has released several charting solo albums since, and in 2014 released two volumes from his Music for the Hawaiian Islands series.[8] Also in 2014 Kahele voiced the lead character in Lava,[9][10][11] an animated short film by Pixar. Kahele regularly teaches cultural workshops[12] and other classes, and operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Ni'ihau halau on the island of Ni'ihau. In Japan he runs the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music & Culture, teaching approximately 200 combined students in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.


With Na Palapalai[edit]

  • 1999: Kaona
  • 2002: Makani 'Olu'olu
  • 2004: Ke 'Ala Beauty
  • 2006: Ka Pua Hae Hawai'i
  • 2009: Nanea
  • 2010: The Best of Na Palapalai
  • 2012: Ha'a
  • 2018: Ho'opili Hou (live)

Solo albums[edit]

  • 2011: Kaunaloa
  • 2012: Hilo for the Holidays
  • 2013: Kahele
  • 2014: Music For The Hawaiian Islands: Vol. 1 Hawai'i Keawe (Hawai'i Island)
  • 2015: Music For The Hawaiian Islands: Vol. 2 Kahelelani (Ni'ihau)
  • 2015: Music For The Hawaiian Islands: Vol. 3 Pi'ilani Maui (Maui)
  • 2015: Music For The Hawaiian Islands: Vol. 4 Manookalanipo (Kaua'i)


Yr Release Title Creator Role
2014 Lava Short film by Pixar Voice of Uku the volcano

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homepage - Kuana Torres Kahele". Kuana Torres Kahele. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  2. ^ "Try Wait: 'Holidays' caps busy year for Kahele - Honolulu PulseHonolulu Pulse". Honolulu Pulse. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  3. ^ "Na Palapalai | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  4. ^ "Na Palapalai - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  5. ^ "Kuana Torres Kahele's solo venture is a tribute to his hanai mother". Honolulu Pulse. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  6. ^ "Kuana Torres Kahele | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  7. ^ meghan (2012-05-29). "Big Island's Kuana Torres Kahele wins big at Na Hoku Hanohano Hawaii music awards". Hawaii Magazine. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  8. ^ "Island Mele: Kahele steps up with 'Hawai'i Keawe' - Honolulu PulseHonolulu Pulse". Honolulu Pulse. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  9. ^ Mizutani, Ron (2014-08-19). "Local singer on lead role in new Disney/Pixar animated short 'Lava'". KHON2. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  10. ^ "An Exclusive First Look at the Upcoming Pixar Short 'Lava'". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  11. ^ "Torres-Kahele, Greig star in Pixar short "Lava"". Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  12. ^ "Honolulu Museum of Art » Music of Hawai'i: Kuana Torres Kahele". www.honolulumuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-01-03.

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